Hey do you know how haiku slams/battles run? Is it pretty much a normal slam except with haikus? or is there a twist to it? I've only seen clips of them on video... i want to try one at our slam.
I think it depends on the type of haiku slam you're running.
If you're running a haiku head-to-head (© Dan Ferry) competition, then you'd definitely use the format that Simone and I mention where you pit one poet against each other. Winner advances to the next round, etc. until only one remains.
But with the Head to Head format from NPS, two poets are pitted against each other. For each set of poets, there are three rounds. Best 2 of 3 moves to the next round. It's tourney style, so there're the first wave, then those winners go head to head, then the winners of the next set go against each other until only two remain.
When you get to the final two, there's a battle royale where you can go as many rounds as you wish (I think they have to be odd numbered rounds or something - can't remember that part) and the one with the most wins in that final round win the whole deal.